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Havana Cafe Import
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Barbarito Torres played as a guest instrumentalist on Buena Vista Social Club and A Toda Cuba Le Gusta before gathering together Cuba's premier musicians and recording this amazing debut. A sensual mix of Cuban son, danzon, and guaracha, Havana Cafe makes austere use of instrumentation, using only the laud (Cuban lute), guitar, percussion, and vocals to create a wall of wonderfully spirited music. "Hijo del Siboney" rings in the collection with bright melodies and vibrant guitars before the set goes on to boast gem after gem of traditional and contemporary Cuban music. Singer Pio Leyva lends his brassy bellow to two tracks, adding an authentic dimension that's refreshingly void of pretension and characteristic of this playful, joyous album. Singer Ibrahim Ferrer also appears in all of his romantic glory. It's rare when the "in the moment" chemistry of musicians collaborating is captured on disc, but with Havana Cafe, the chemistry is thankfully captured forever. --Karen Karleski
Top Customer Reviews
I, too, came to know of Barbarito Torres via the original Buena Vista Social Club CD and DVD (both of which I HIGHLY recommend).
I should mention that Ibrahim Ferrer, my particular favorite among the BVSC crowd, also makes a guest appearance on this album. There is an emotional force behind his gentle voice that is difficult to define or describe, and that lends a very MOVING quality to his vocal interpretations.
This CD is enormously enjoyable listening, and one of my favorites among the 20 or so CD's that I now have by artists connected with the phenomenon known as Buena Vista Social Club.
If you are unfamiliar with this music, do yourself a favor and BECOME familiar with it. If you love powerful music, then you, too, will be hooked. And you will comprehend the enormous pride that Cubans have in their unique musical heritage. It IS unique, and enjoyable beyond mere verbal description.
DO NOT MISS the secret track after number 14 (which is actually "Alla Voy," rather than "El Tren" as the back of the CD notes). The track is titled "Que Viva Chango," and you have to wait a minute or two after the end of "Alloy Voy" to hear it. It's one of the two or three best cuts on the album. Enjoy!
Most recent customer reviews
Awesome classic Cuban music re-produced with modern recording technology and the results are smokin'...! Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by R Fabere
Not much I can add to the glowing comments of others, except yet another recommendation to buy this CD and enjoy it over & over again. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2001 by Steve R. Marquardt
Since my first exposure to Cuban music with the Buena Vista Social Club, I have sampled several Cuban artists, and this is one of my favorites. Read morePublished on April 13 2001 by me
This album is nothing but tropical magic. The harmonies and rhythms are mui tipico. The selections on this disc exude the romance and heartbreaking appeal of the best of Musica... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2001
Granted, CDs by members of the Buena Vista Social Club have proliferated like mad, but that is no reason to pass this one up. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2000 by N.. Martin
After playing as a guest for Juan De Marco's Afro Cuban All Stars and for the BVSC Barbarito delivers a wonderful masterpiece of his own, the music will just take you away. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2000 by Freddie Hernandez
You can almost envision the slow moving ceiling fans, beautiful women in flowing dresses with a flower in their hair, the palm fronds swaying ever so gently in the hot humid air... Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2000 by Dionne Smith
Although great talent, same music, same lyrics than Buena Vista Social Club, not even close to be original.Published on June 22 2000 by AM